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10 Amazing Feminist Talks, Poetry Readings & Calls to Action

Listening to these amazing women is glorious, each and every one of them is courageous, inspiring and ambitious for our shared future. When they challenge us, we challenge ourselves and we work together to challenge everyone around us to be better and to do better. Be galvanised.

“Just Do It” Says Gloria Steinem

To future generations of women, you are the roots of change | Gloria Steinem

As part of the TED series (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) you can be inspired by Gloria Steinem, talking about how she overcame her fears with the help of her friends and how women everywhere can help each other to make things better.


“If only we’re brave enough to be it” – Amanda Gorman

Amanda Gorman’s Presidential Inauguration Poem, “The Hill We Climb”

Amanda Gorman performs her inspirational poem at the Presidential Inauguration 2021, via NOWCastSA (CC BY 3.0). Her words linger and her message resonates as the world watches and people everywhere prepare to climb that metaphorical hill with her.


“What can I do to make this mountain taller?” Asks Rupi Kaur

Rupi Kaur, Author, Performer of Poems

Rupi Kaur performs two of her poems from the sun and her flowers collection as part of the UN Human Rights campaign (CC BY-SA 2.0). You can watch Rupi Kaur perform many of her incredible poems on YouTube including those from her latest collection milk and honey, as she beautifully compels you to want more, to do more and to be more.


“We teach girls to shrink themselves” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

We should all be feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie tells her story of feminism for the TED series (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). She tells of her experiences growing up in Nigeria, of her experiences with inequality and takes us all along with her as she does so. We each have our own stories which resonate as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie takes us on her journey and talks about how we need to change and what comes next.


“Black Lives Matter is our call to action” – Patrisse Cullors

An interview with the founders of Black Lives Matter | Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi

As part of the TED series (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0), founders of Black Lives Matter Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi talk to us about the movement, about leadership and inspire us to activate. Galvanizing us to action, to become part of the BLM movement, to be better allies and to bring our communities together to create change.


“Our Voices Are Loudest When We Raise Them Together” – Laura Bates

Everyday sexism | Laura Bates

Laura Bates gave this amazing talk as part of the TED series (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) back in 2014. Her talk reminds us where we’ve come from and where we are going. She talks about finding the ways and the strength to challenge sexism and how we can help and stand up for each other.


“People’s Allegiance to Patriarchy isn’t static” – bell hooks

bell hooks & Gloria Steinem at Eugene Lang College

bell hooks in conversation with Gloria Steinem as part of The New School series (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0), I mean, come on! Two of the most intelligent, kind and funny women talking to each other about everything from religion and spirituality to parenting and their own fathers. Figure out what feminist issue belongs to you whilst listening to these women talking over all of it.


“Why are we always so insistent on attaching the idea of gender to everything” Asks Ariana Gupta

Why We Should Teach Children Feminism | Ariana Gupta

Ariana Gupta has created her own set of fairy tales New Age Fairy Tales for a 21st century audience. A set of fairy tales that defy gender stereotyping and white supremacist ideals of beauty and that teach us unlimited perspectives on happiness and possibility. Ariana Gupta introduces us to her stories as part of the TED series (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0), and explains their importance and their joy.


“The history of the world is a history of men not listening to women” – Mary Beard

A History of Feminism in the West | Mary Beard

Mary Beard gives us A History of Feminism in the West through the World Economic forum series (CC BY 3.0), calling out patriarchy and its toxic presence in classic literature and in our modern times. She breaks down the complexity of ancient literature and explains how the stories of the women in ancient times are perpetuated in the patriarchal structure we still recognise today.


Maya Angelou’s grandmother said to her “When you get, give; when you learn, teach”

SuperSoul Conversations Podcast By Oprah | Maya Angelou

Hear the unparalleled wisdom of Maya Angelou as part of Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations (CC BY 3.0). She talks about failure, saying “you forgive yourself every failure” and reminds us that we’re always learning and improving “when you know better you do better”. She also shares with us the helpful wisdom of her grandmother who said “When you get, give; when you learn, teach”. It’s everything you need to hear.